Community volunteers will team up once again Tuesday for the 2019 iGot (I Give to Ogeechee Tech) campaign.
According to Russell Rosengart, Ogeechee Technical College Foundation president, volunteers will work in pairs as they call on local businesses to offer information about the college and to seek support during the annual campaign for the Foundation.
The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation provides scholarships, student emergency funds, equipment purchases and leases for academic programs, staff development opportunities, and other initiatives that benefit the college and its students.
“Receiving a scholarship or other assistance can make the difference in a student staying in school and graduating, or not,” Rosengart said. “When a student graduates, gets a job, and begins contributing to society, then the investment in their education is worth it.”
Some ways the Foundation supports Ogeechee Tech is by assisting with the purchase of tractor trailer trucks for the Commercial Truck Driving program, and by providing state-of-the-art medical equipment for the Sonography, Echocardiography, and Radiologic Technology programs.
Also, the college’s recently opened Industrial Technology Building sits on property purchased by the Foundation and gifted to OTC.
“These are just a few examples of ways the Foundation impacts the college,” Rosengart said.
“We want all of our donors who invest in the Foundation year after year to be proud of their part in providing critical support to the college and the students,” said Rosengart. “Donors and volunteers who help with the annual campaign are the lifeblood of the Foundation. We truly could not do what we do to support our students without the team effort of all involved.”
The Foundation also supports the Adult Education program, where literacy training, GED training, and GED testing help students earn credentials which can start them on a path to further education and employment.
“The Foundation helps the college provide opportunities, whether through achieving a GED, taking dual enrollment classes while in high school, or pursuing career training which helps secure a job, it is all about providing a foundation for success,” said Ogeechee Tech President Lori Durden.
“We encourage citizens to consider how Ogeechee Tech graduates impact their lives on a daily basis – as chefs, healthcare providers, accountants, childcare workers, veterinary technicians and so much more. Many of the folks who impact our lives get their education at Ogeechee Tech,” Rosengart said. “Ultimately, your support of the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation pays dividends by providing professionals in numerous areas who serve all of us.”
Businesses and individuals may support the iGot campaign through a tax-deductible contribution by mailing a check to The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box 764, Statesboro, GA 30459, or by calling (912) 681-2758 to request a visit.